Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019

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Vida Morley, Tues, Jan 1
Ralph Dolinger
Wed, Jan 2
Melinda Lippincott, Thurs, Jan 3
Dianne Turpin, Fri, Jan 4
Brad Hardin, Thurs, Jan 10
Caren Samuels, Fri, Jan 18
Al Mathwich, Sun, Jan 20
Travis Stotts, Sun, Jan 27
Zoe Panas, Tues, Jan 29
Jan 18 – Office Hours  9:30 am-1 pm,  including Social Concerns meeting (possibly stay for evening potluck)
Jan 20 – Lead Service, Board Meeting 
Jan 25 – Office Hours 9:30 am-1 pm

Martin Luther King Breakfast, Jan 21
Don’t forget to get a ticket for this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, which will be held on Monday, Jan 21, 7 a.m. at the Rock Hall Fire House. The theme of the breakfast is “Standing Up for Justice.” Keynote speaker is William W. Davis, Jr., Cecil County Circuit Court Judge.
The program will also feature the Kent County High School Jazz Ensemble, the Gospel Shepherds, and the Chester River Chorale River Singers. 
Linda Weimer 

some tickets for sale and will bring them to church on the next two Sundays in advance.  They are also available at the door. Tickets are the same price ($15) regardless of when purchased. Tickets are the same price regarless of when purchased.

Fri, Jan 18, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at UUCR — Social Concerns/Social Justice committee meeting.  All are welcome. 
Fri, Jan 18, 6 p.m. — Potluck Dinner at the home of Linda and Philip Dutton, 24040 Cliff Drive Extension, Worton, 21678. From UUCR go to Rt 213 North and turn left at Sud’s ‘n Soda toward Worton on Rt 297. At the corner of Rt 297 and Rt 298 (high school corner) turn right toward Lynch. Take the next left onto Coopers Lane to the end (4 miles). At the end T turn left onto Kinnards Point Drive. Take the first right onto Cliff Drive. At the T turn left onto Cliff Drive Ext.  The Duttons’ home is #24040, a tall brown contemporary with white driveway. Call if you get lost: 410-778-5457.
Sun, Jan 20, 10 a.m., Sunday Service — Rev. SueBrowning, “On Paradise and Possibility.”  What might paradise be like? Can we imagine a world where all are treated fairly and with compassion? What would it take for everyone to have enough? It is bold to answer these questions and declare what the world should look like. At this service with Rev. Sue Browning we will consider how Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of Beloved Community has shaped our images of a just world.
Religious Exploration for children and youth and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.
Mon, Jan 21, 7 a.m., at the Rock Hall Fire House (on the right as you drive into Rock Hall on Rt. 20) — Martin Luther King, Jr., Breakfast!  See left column for information about tickets.  
Year One Objective — Educate Ourselves On: 
  • The history of racism and discrimination in our culture
  • The social, environmental and economic impacts of racism
  • How racism and discrimination continue in our society
  • Hour we have in the past and continue to benefit from racism 
  • Actions we could undertake to promote racial equity in our community
Over 30 people (!) attended our first “combating racism” book discussion (Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy on United State History and Life by Rev. David Billings) on Thurs, Jan 10.  There will be a second discussion on this book on Sunday, Jan 27, at 2 p.m. at the  Bookplate on Cross St. This discussion will be lead by Amanda Madar, Lolli Sherri, and Gerry Edwards.
Our next book will be White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. The church board has purchased four library copies that are available now for check out. Discussions of this book will be held in March.
As you see just above, one of our strategic plan goals is a congregational focus on racism and white privilege, and the objective for this year is educating ourselves on these issues.  To that end, a Google Group Email has been set up for UUCR members, friends and any others who want to participate.  Philip Dutton will moderate the conversation by this group and will distribute articles and information about racism and anti-racism.  If you would like to be a member of this focus group, see Philip after the service or send him an  email,

Jan 27, TBA.  Rosie Ramsey Granillo, TBA. Special music by Freddy Granillo.
Feb 3, Rev. Sue Browning, “What Does ‘Social Justice’ Look Like?”  

How do you understand social justice? Many Unitarian Universaists lean toward action and create “Social Justice” to-do lists. At this service with Rev. Sue Browning we’ll step back from our lists and explore what it means to be a “social justice” faith.  Service to be followed by a Stewardship Meeting (Pledge Drive Kick-Off), after a light lunch.
Feb 10, Mr. Josh Long, “Punches, Podcasts, and Process.”
Feb 17, Rev. Sue Browning, “Trust: The Essence of Faith.” What do you trust in the world? What is the bedrock of your faith? Unitarian Universalism is often explained by describing aspects of other faith traditions that were rejected. Join Rev. Sue Browning as we consider the ways we hope our faith supports us in times of question or struggle. 
Feb 24, Cantor Gary Schiff, “I Got the Post-Pittsburgh Blues: Anti Semitism Today.”  Special music by Nevin Dawson. 

The Samaritan Group, which sponsors the homeless shelter for three months during the winter, is in need of volunteers.  If you would like to provide dinners, please call Jan Hilty, at 410-200-1714. If you can volunteer for an evening shift, from 5:30-11 pm, or can stay overnight, from 11 pm until 7 am, please email Barbara Harrison,  at or call her at 410-778-0165. 
People can also volunteer to provide breakfast on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Call Jan Hilty 410-200-1714. 

Mon, Jan 21, 7 a.m. at the Rock Hall Fire House, Martin Luther King, Jr., Breakfast, sponsored by the Chester River Valley Ministerial Association, of which UUCR is a part. The theme of the breakfast is “Standing Up for Justice.” Keynote speaker will be William W. Davis, Jr., Cecil County Circuit Court Judge.  The program will also feature the Kent County High School Jazz Ensemble, the Gospel Shepherds, and the Chester River Chorale River Singers. Linda Weimer has some tickets for sale and will bring them to church on the next two Sundays in advance.  They are also available at the door. Tickets are the same price ($15) regardless of when purchased.  
Sun, Jan 27, 2 p.m., Bookplate, 111 Cross St., Chestertown. Second discussion of Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life by Rev. Dave Billings, who visited UUCR in November. Here are some notes about the book from  

Deep Denial, part popular history and part personal memoir, documents the 400-year racialization of the United States and how people of European descent came to be called white. Author David Billings focuses primarily on the deeply embedded notion of white supremacy, and tells us why, despite the Civil Rights Movement and an African-American president, we remain, in the words of the author, a nation hard-wired by race. A master storyteller, Billings starts each chapter with a disarming and intimate vignette from his personal life, beginning with his white, working-class boyhood in Mississippi and Arkansas. He then situates these telling moments in a broader historical context that will be new and disturbing to many readers. Part I covers the origins and evolution of white supremacy from 17th century Virginia through World War II. Part II focuses on the Civil Rights Movement, how it emerged in the post-WWII era, and why it subsequently devolved from a vibrant community-led, issue-based movement into the bureaucratic, government-sponsored, needs-based, nonprofit industry of today. An epilogue discusses strategies for dismantling white supremacy and undoing racism in America.
The discussion will be led by Amanda Madar, Lolli Sherry, and Gerry Edwards. 


Save The Date! February 3, 2019, after service (and lunch). The proposed FY20 budget will be reviewed as part of the Stewardship Drive kickoff. Put it on your calendar now. 
Thurs, Feb 21, 7 p.m. at UUCR — Book discussion of Justice on Earth by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom.  See below for more about this important book!

Book Discussion — Join us on Feb 21
The Green Sanctuary and The Social Justice Committee’s would like to invite the congregation to participate in a book discussion on February 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. We are reading the book Justice on Earthby Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom. The book, which is on the list of recommended books that are related to our Strategic Plan theme of Racial Justice, can be found on Amazon or on the UUA website.
“At a time when racial justice, environmental justice, and economic justice are seen as issues competing for time, attention, and resources, Justice on Earth explores the ways in which the three are intertwined. Those on the margins are invariably those most affected by climate disaster and environmental toxins. The book asks us to recognize that our faith calls us to long-haul work for justice for our human kin, for the Earth and for all life. It invites us to look at our current challenges through a variety of different perspectives, offers tools to equip us for sustained engagement, and proposes multiple pathways for follow-up action.”  (Amazon notes)
Order your copy of “Justice on Earth,” this year’s UUA Common Read.  There is a study guide available for download on the UUA website.